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11 October 2017

BDS 2018 Calendar and Christmas cards available now


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11 October 2017

New Lyme disease risk areas

The South of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said some areas appear to have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease.

But the health body said data is incomplete as it called for a large study into the condition.

11 October 2017

New PAW Deer Poaching leaflet launched

Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Fur and Feather Poaching Sub-Group has launched a new PAW Deer Poaching leaflet. The PAW Sub-Group consists of BASC, Countryside Alliance Ireland, the Scottish Association for Country Sports, and the British Deer Society Ireland amongst others.

View leaflet

11 October 2017

Deer Stalkers Evening - Bury St Edmunds, Wed 1st November 2017

Doors open 17.30, talks start 19.30, £5 entry

  pdf Full information (4.30 MB)

27 September 2017

Higher risk of deer-vehicle collision at this time of year

We are reaching a high risk period for deer vehicle collisions from October to December particularly  as deer are very active at this time of year and on the move for the autumn rut.

Day length is getting shorter too so it is particularly important to look out for the danger of deer suddenly appearing on the road at twilight and dawn. The highest risk of a deer-vehicle collision is between sunset and midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise.

Make sure to remain alert to the dangers.
Across the UK it is estimated that there could be up to 74,000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents this year alone, resulting in 400 to 700 human injuries and 20 deaths. The combined economic impact of injury accidents and car damage is likely to exceed £50 million a year. 27.9.17
Advice for drivers

25 September 2017

An Evening of 'Antiques and Valuations' with Bonhams, Padstow, 27 Oct

Friday 27th October, 7.00pm for 7.30pm until 10.00pm

Join BDS South West Branch for an 'Evening of Antiques and Valuations' with Bonhams, Padstow, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Peter Prideaux-Brune. The Branch is raising Funds for Welfare and Education.

Tickets £25, to include a Prosecco and Canapes Interval

25 September 2017

British Woodlands Survey 2017 now live

Researchers leading the latest national survey about British woodlands and those who care for them encourage anyone with an interest in shaping the future of forestry to take part. This is the fourth in a series of important national surveys, which contribute to the development of forestry policy and practice in the UK.

19 September 2017

2016 Deer Distribution Survey - results now available

The results of the survey are now complete and are available in map form offering an overview of deer presence across the UK at the present time, along with a comparison with the 2011 and 2007 surveys.

This has been a major effort involving many people, and many thanks must go to everyone, not least the BDS members, external providers of deer records and GWCT mapping team who contributed to compiling and sorting the information. The final distribution maps have already been displayed at the 2017 Game Fair and Countryfile Live, and more details will be published in the Autumn 2017 edition of Deer. 

In the meantime they can be viewed on the BDS website.  19.9.17